Global Cafe Mentor | Department of Political Science
Christa Kuntzelman is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science with a subfield of Comparative Politics. Her research focuses on various topics embedded in the broader study of refugee and forced migration. This summer, Christa spent 9 weeks in Kampala, Uganda to conduct preliminary research on a proposed dissertation about narrative representations of urban refugees. Specifically, she is interested to understand how refugees are predominantly conceived as lacking agency and power; and to envision the political implications of having a more nuanced understanding of who a refugee is and what a refugee can contribute. Unlike past studies that have focused primarily on agency through economic contributions, Christa proposes to expand this to also examine the social, cultural and political contributions of refugees towards both the host and home communities. Prior to the PhD program, Christa completed a B.A. in Peace, Justice & Conflict Studies, and a M.S. in International Public Service, both at DePaul University in Chicago.
Office Hours: Wednesday 12:15 - 2:15.